The Pinnacle walks at the Grampians

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The Pinnacle walks

Grampians National Park

From the street, The Pinnacle appears unnervingly high and potentially difficult to walk. The good news is that it is not, and the views from the lookout make every bit of effort worthwhile. It is one of the very best vantage points in the Grampians National Park for terrific scenic views over a vast expanse of western Victoria.
There are a number of walking options to reach The Pinnacle, varying in distance and difficulty. The easiest route to The Pinnacle departs from the Sundial carpark within the national park and ascends to The Pinnacle via Devils Gap. This is the best route to use if young children or unconfident walkers are part of your walking group. The 4.2km walk will take one and a half to two hours for the return trip. It does include some water crossings and rock-hopping, so good sturdy shoes are essential.

A more challenging walk departs from the aptly named Wonderland carpark and ascends via the impressive Grand Canyon. It does not resemble the American canyon of the same name but is equally impressive with its unique Australian rock formations, albeit on a smaller scale! The walk continues through the Silent Street before rising up to The Pinnacle.

For the really adventurous, you can walk to The Pinnacle from the base of the mountains, starting at the Halls Gap caravan park. This extended walk will take around five hours return so is suitable for fit and experienced walkers.

All these walks offer a variety of incredible rock formations to see and negotiate, as well as lush vegetation that has recovered from bushfires with fresh spurts of new growth. In springtime, wildflowers burst into life with their brilliant bright colours. With an abundance of wildlife living in the park, your walk may also include glimpses of koalas, kangaroos, snakes, skinks and maybe even an echidna or two.

Whichever way you get there, the view from The Pinnacle lookout will astound you. While you get your breath back after your ascent, you will be able to see Halls Gap far below you, as well as Lake Bellfield. Plus you will get a close-up look at the irregular and fascinating rock formations for which the Grampians are so well-known.

The Pinnacle walks

 
A couple in their thirties take in the view along Dead Timber Track.

Hiking and bushwalking

Witness breathtaking natural scenery at some of Victoria’s most iconic places when you lace up your boots and take to a hiking trail.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A couple looks on at a Wombat on Wilsons Promontory National Park,

Wildlife viewing

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's shy native wildlife or look up to spot tree-dwelling mammals and flocks of colourful birds,

Brambuk The National Park and Culture Centre

Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap began with the building of the Brambuk Cultural Centre in 1989 to acknowledge, protect and share the cultures of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung Peoples.

 

How to get there

The Pinnacle walks

Grampians National Park is located in Western Victoria, a three-hour (260km) drive from Melbourne and a five-hour (460km) drive from Adelaide. The central Grampians is easily accessed from the villages of Halls Gap and Wartook and is a scenic day trip from the regional towns of Hamilton, Horsham, Stawell and Ararat. It is also a key destination on the internationally renowned Great Southern Touring Route.

Need to know

The Pinnacle walks

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Grampians National Park

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park Update 24.1.2023

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park was impacted by heavy rainfall and flash flooding during spring and early summer 2022. Multiple roads and some visitor sites are temporarily closed for assessment and repair works. The movement of visitors in these parts of the National Park is restricted.
     
    Major Road closures

    Mt Victory Road is open.
    For more information, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au and search ‘Mt Victory Road Halls Gap’, call 133 788. 
    Redman Road is now open. Further road works are taking place from Monday 23/1/23. Travel with caution.
    Lodge Road is partly closed (Syphon Rd to Asses Ears Road and Rose Creek Rd to Glenelg River Rd sections are closed).
    Multiple other roads and tracks in the north end of Victoria Valley.
    Mitchell Road is closed
    Mt Difficult Road is open (4WD only)

    **See latest road report for full road and track details at the bottom of this page. 
     
    Key Visitor Sites impacted by walking track closures

    Mackenzie Falls: Access to the Eastern Rock Shelf (across the stepping-stones) at Mackenzie Falls is not open. Visitors can still access the walking track through to Fish Falls and Zumsteins.
    The Silverband Falls temporary closure is still in place due to flood damage. Visitors can access Clematis Falls and the Venus Baths loop as alternative walks.
     
    Current Campground closures due to closed roads
     
    Kalymna Campground is closed

    Grampians Peaks Trail
     
    Grampians Peaks Trail sites impacted by closures


    Griffin Trail Head is Four-Wheel Drive access only 
     
    For park information, visitors can contact 13 1963 or visit the Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.

    Attachments: Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park Road Report 24.01.2023_V1 (183KB)

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